Crime, Fire, Courts

Lawrence man suspected of aggravated arson, reportedly seen pouring gas on Jayhawk Motel
09:52 a.m., April 2, 2014 Updated 05:57 p.m.
Police arrested a 57-year-old Lawrence man on suspicion of two counts of aggravated arson Tuesday after witnesses reported seeing him pour gasoline on the side of a North Lawrence motel.
Lawrence man sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for weapon, theft charges
April 1, 2014
A 36-year-old Lawrence man was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison in connection with leading police on an interstate pursuit and possessing a stolen gun and vehicle last year.
Topeka man sentenced to 67 months in federal prison for Club Magic shooting
April 1, 2014
Steven Michael Gigger, 30 of Topeka, was sentenced to 67 months in federal prison in connection with a May 2013 shooting outside Club Magic. Gigger pleaded guilty in federal court in October to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Lawrence man sentenced to 30 months in prison on drug, theft charges
April 1, 2014
A 38-year-old Lawrence man previously indicted on a federal gun charge was sentenced to 30 months in prison Tuesday in connection with several charges dating back to 2011.
Lawrence woman arrested on suspicion of forgery, drug offenses
April 1, 2014
A 36-year-old Lawrence woman was arrested Monday on suspicion of multiple crimes including forgery, theft, obstruction and drug possession after trying to pass a fraudulent check at a northwest Lawrence hardware store, police said.
Topeka man pleads not guilty in guitar-string beheading
April 1, 2014
A former Topeka man suspected of killing a man by severing his head with a guitar string in 2011 pleaded innocent to murder.
Ottawa woman who conspired with mother in prescription drug ring sentenced
March 31, 2014
An Ottawa woman who teamed up with her mother to illegally sell prescription drugs was sentenced Monday to two and a half years in federal prison.
Police continue to investigate overnight stabbing at Centennial Park
March 31, 2014
Lawrence police continue to investigate an overnight stabbing in Centennial Park. By Sara Shepherd
Jayhawker Towers resident released after Sunday sex-crime arrest
10:30 a.m., March 31, 2014 Updated 03:35 p.m.
A Kansas University student was arrested Sunday in connection with a sex crime reported on the KU campus. By Sara Shepherd
Tension normal with largely troubled population at shelter, but procedures aim to keep violence at bay
March 31, 2014
Convicted criminals, drug addicts, the mentally ill and people with none of those problems all sleep under the same roof at the Lawrence Community Shelter. That’s part of homelessness, and tension is a given, the shelter director says, but procedures are in place that typically are effective in minimizing crime and deescalating situations like the recent stabbing. By Sara Shepherd
75-year-old man sentenced to probation for child endangerment
March 28, 2014
A 75-year-old man was sentenced to one year of probation Friday after he pleaded no contest to charges of aggravated child endangerment earlier this year in a plea agreement.
Alleged conspirator of 2012 botched home invasion sentenced to probation
March 28, 2014
Alexander C. Eftekhar, 23, was sentenced after being found guilty of attempted aggravated robbery and attempted aggravated burglary in January. Eftekhar had been charged alongside Connor McKenzie Mayhan and Andrew Michael Johns in connection with a botched home invasion in the 1200 block of New Jersey Street in December 2012 during which a firearm was discharged and struck Mayhan.
Lawrence physician convicted on federal tax evasion charges
02:19 p.m., March 28, 2014 Updated 03:42 p.m.
A Lawrence physician was convicted by a federal jury Friday on five counts of tax evasion, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom’s office announced. Mary C. Vernon, 61, a Lawrence and Shawnee physician who specialized in treating obesity. She was accused of failing to pay federal taxes on income she earned working as a consultant and co-author for Atkins Nutritionals Inc., founded by the creator of the Atkins Diet, Robert Atkins.
Lawrence woman pleads not guilty in Christmas Day stabbing death
11:53 a.m., March 28, 2014 Updated 04:06 p.m.
It is too early to tell whether Marci D. Cully, the Lawrence woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend to death early Christmas morning, will go to trial, her attorney said Friday.
Voter rights groups appeal Kansas citizenship ruling
10:25 a.m., March 28, 2014 Updated 01:35 p.m.
Voting rights groups filed an appeal Friday of a judge’s order that federal election officials must help Kansas and Arizona enforce state laws requiring new voters to provide documentation proving their U.S. citizenship. A court filing sent to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals challenges a ruling earlier this month by U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren in Wichita. Melgren had ordered the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to immediately modify a national voter registration form to add special instructions requiring proof of citizenship for Kansas and Arizona residents.